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Most popular dog Halloween costumes

We love to see all the cute Halloween costumes for dogs! So far this year, these are the most popular according to Amazon. We can see why! They are all so cute.

With the upcoming release of Rogue One this winter, Star Wars costumes are super popular:

Ewok dog costume
Rubies Costume Star Wars Collection Ewok Pet Costume

Bantha dog costume
Rubies Costume Star Wars Collection Bantha Rider Pet Costume

Yoda dog costume
Rubies Costume Star Wars Collection Yoda Pet Costume

Super heroes will always be on-trend, and these two classics made the Amazon best-seller list:
Batman Dog Costume
Rubies Costume DC Heroes and Villains Collection Classic Batman Pet Costume

Wonderwoman Dog Costume
Rubies Costume DC Heroes and Villains Collection Wonder Woman Pet Costume

And what would this year be without ELECTION COSTUMES
Try pairing a suit with this wig for a very on-topic pet costume:
Business suit for dogs

Rubies Costume Company Pet Business Suit Costume

Dog wig

Rubies Costume Company Political Billionaire Pet Wig

No matter what your pup dresses up as for Halloween, we hope that you will both have a safe and fun holiday. Which of these costumes is your favorite?

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Make Halloween a Treat, Not a Trick, for the Family Pet

Keep pets safe and secure from monsters, goblins and other Halloween dangers

Halloween can be challenging night for families with pets. While some pets enjoy the festivities, the strange sights and sounds may frighten others. Cats usually hide, but dogs may run away in fear – or run after trick-or-treaters in excitement.


“Halloween can be unsettling – and even dangerous — for family pets. To ensure it is a fun night for everyone, responsible pet parents need to take precautions,” says Renee Coughlin of at-home pet care provider Canine Company. She offers the following advice to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort:

  • Choose pet costumes with care, making sure they won’t restrict movement or vision and that there are no small pieces your pet can swallow. Introduce the costume a few days in advance so she gets used to it. Canine Company professional dog trainers recommend offering a treat and praise to help with the process.
  • Don’t force your pet to wear a costume if he isn’t comfortable. Instead, give your pet some Halloween flair with stencils and pet-safe paints or can create a Mohawk or punk hairdo with colored styling gels. A cute seasonal bandana is another option.
  • Bring pets indoors before dusk. Pets left alone outside – especially black cats –may fall victim to tricksters. Some pets become anxious at the children’s shouts and the constantly ringing doorbell. If your pet seems nervous, confine him to a room away from the activity.
  • Keep your dog on leash to prevent him from dashing out an open door. If you have an Invisible Fence system, you won’t need a leash, but be sure he is wearing his collar so he stays safely in the yard. If you take her trick-or-treating, be sure she is wearing identification tags in case she runs off in fear or in pursuit of other children.
  • Keep candy well out of reach. Chocolate is toxic for dogs: so is xylitol, the artificial sweetener used in many candies and gums. It’s best to have pet-safe treats in your pocket or close at hand to distract pets from candy.

“With a little extra planning, we can make Halloween a fun night for the entire family,” says Coughlin. For more advice on pet health and safety, visit Speak! Good Blog!

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Dogs in hot cars

Every summer animal agencies are inundated with calls from concerned citizens alerting us to dogs that have been left or locked in hot cars. It can take less than six minutes for a dog to suffer extreme heat exhaustion and die. It is imperative, that if you are leaving your dog in a car to make sure that that they have adequate shade, shelter and water. Even then, temperatures whilst in the shade can reach high levels that can still be extremely hazardous for your dog. The main problem for dogs is that they cool themselves by panting. If the air around them is too hot, and they don’t have access to water, dogs are physically unable to regulate their body temperature.

So what should you do if you are traveling with your dog in hot weather? Here, Don’t cook your dog gives a list of what you should always do when traveling with your dog in the car. First and foremost, think if it is really necessary to have your dog traveling with you in the car in the first place. If it is really hot and you don’t have air-conditioning in your car, then it is best to leave them at home or make alternative arrangements whilst you are traveling.

It is imperative that your dog has plenty of space and is sitting in the shade, if in direct sunlight then your dog will still be prone to overheating regardless if you have air conditioning or not. Finally, they must have access to cool water. Lastly be aware of common signs that your dog is suffering from heat exhaustion that include; panting, disorientation, excessive thirst, dark gums, vomiting, diarrhea and losing consciousness.

If your dog has begun to show signs that they are suffering from overheating, it is vital that you act quickly as to avoid any disastrous consequences. Immediately move them out of the sun and try and wrap them in cool, damp towels to bring their body temperature down, paying special attention to the head. Offer the dog cool water so they can take a small drink easily and if possible, try and cool their tongue with a damp cloth.

Finally call a vet immediately. Following these measures, then there is no reason that your dog should every be in a situation where they are suffering from heat exhaustion. Just ensure that you consider the necessary precautions and if it is really essential that your dog travels with you.

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Russian Tortoise

One of the most popular breed in tortoise domestication is the Russian tortoise, also go by several other names like – Horsefield tortoise or Steppe tortoise etc.

They are usually found in dry climates – like deserts and grassland areas of countries like China, Iran, Russia and Pakistan. They thrive in an environment that has equal amount of daylight and darkness. They can even survive in an extreme cold condition.

Russian tortoises are reddish brown or black in color, are small sized – with a size range of 13–25 cm and have four toes. They are extremely active in nature. They don’t like enclosures and if put in one, they will try their best to escape either by digging or climbing over.

They do not eat or digest meat and are totally herbivorous. Their diet comprises of green leaves, weeds, flowers like Marshmallow, Chicory, Dandelion, English Daisy etc. Food consisting of Oxalic acid or Phytic acid are poisonous for them. They also need plenty of water.

Any deprivation of food or water can make them mentally inactive or lethargic. Though sometimes, they voluntarily aestivate (not moving for several weeks), to avoid extreme heat conditions. And during the winter period (usually from October to March), Russian tortoise go into the hibernation.

The following infographic gives you an overview about the Russian Tortoise-


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